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By Fiona Reid
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School cluster changes update

OFFICIALS have now finished a review of all the region’s current school clusters.

And they will report their findings back to councillors next week, with details on the expected changes due later this year.

There are currently 29 partnerships in existence across Dumfries and Galloway but the plan is to do away with triple clusters.

Such a move would increase the number of partnerships to 21 and four more headteachers would therefore be required.

Furthermore, five schools would potential be removed from partnerships to operate as single schools again.

Councillors at next week’s education committee will be told that the new guiding principles behind the changes are that:

  • Any new or revised arrangements should seek to minimise requirements for traveling significant distances (over 20 miles).
  • All primary school partnership management arrangements should be limited to two schools only.
  • All headteachers should not have a permanent class commitment
  •  The roll of each school (including nursery, where applicable) should not exceed 100 and a school should be removed from a partnership management arrangement if their roll consistently exceeds 100. 

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